It was quite a site driving into the parking lot at the Minnesota School of Business-Moorhead on a Monday morning. There in the corner, you see a man in overalls slicing and dicing a piece of wood with a chainsaw. But that is what Charlie Potter has been doing for the last 15 years. During the day, you’ll see him in the corporate office at Woodbury, training Admissions Representatives for campuses all over the region. But early in the morning, Charlie starts his day with a chainsaw in his hands carving out birds, bears, owls, and other animals.
“Sometimes, I wonder why I ever started this,” Potter jokes. “But it’s a really fun hobby and people seem to enjoy it.”
Potter’s wife, Joyce, is also an avid chainsaw artist. The couple now operates Cape Cod Chainsaw Art.In business for over 15 years, Joyce and Charlie travel throughout the Midwest attending fairs and festivals.
As a part of a student event, Potter graciously offered to provide a demonstration on campus and donate a piece of his art for a student drawing.
“It was so great for Charlie to stop by campus for this event,” says Director of Admissions Angelique Goulet. “Students were amazed by it.”
So the next time you see a guy carving up a piece of wood at 5:00 a.m., there is a good chance it’s “Chainsaw Charlie”.
WDAY TV-6 News also stopped by to get a few shots of Charlie in action and was aired on the 6:00 & 10:00 p.m. newscasts.